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Public invited to attend Career and Business Expo on March 20

The public is invited to attend Penn State Beaver’s Career and Business Expo,
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, in the Student Union Building Lodge. The event is sponsored by Beaver’s Office of Career Services. 

The Career and Business Expo will enable job seekers to meet with employers regarding a variety of full- and part-time positions and internships. Organizations seeking volunteers will also be present. In addition, educational institutions will provide information about admissions, courses, careers, training, and job prospects.       

People of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to attend the Expo which will feature about 40 companies, businesses, schools, and organizations.        

Some companies and organizations that are already registered include Dollar Bank, Federal Air Marshals, Aflac, Fastenal Company, FedEx SmartPost, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County, Gregg Staffing Solutions, Keystone Simulation and Education Center, Penn State Beaver, La Roche College, PA CareerLink of Beaver County, Job Training for Beaver County, Villa St. Joseph, Western and Southern Financial Group, Geneva College Graduate Admissions, Mountain State University, DCI Career Institute, Glade Run Lutheran Services, Liken Staffing, and The Callos Company.   

To obtain information or to register as an employer or attendee, contact the Office of Career Services at 724-773-3961 or CareerServicesBeaver@psu.edu, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Faculty Speakers Series continues with topic of safe use of social media

The Penn State Beaver Spring Faculty Speakers Series will continue with a presentation by LaVarr McBride, instructor in administration of justice, on "How to Avoid the Harms of Social Media,’ noon, Wednesday, March 14, room 16, Student Union Building. The program is free and open to the public.

The Penn State Beaver Spring Faculty Speakers Series will continue with a presentation by LaVarr McBride, instructor in administration of justice, on "How to Avoid the Harms of Social Media,’ noon, Wednesday, March 14, room 16, Student Union Building. The program is free and open to the public.

McBride will discuss the potential dangers of modern technology and social media, including sharing personal information and photos on the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, texting, cyber bullying, and cell phone use. In addition, he’ll review the importance of personal responsibility when using social media.

McBride is the program coordinator and internship supervisor for the Administration of Justice program at Beaver campus as well as Penn State New Kensington and Penn State Shenango. He holds a master’s degree in sociology from Utah State University and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Weber State University.
McBride can be contacted at lwm13@psu.edu or 724-773-3866.

Admissions Office will host Spring Open House

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a Spring Open House, 9 a.m.,
Saturday, March 24, in the Student Union Building.

Prospective students and their families are invited to explore Penn State opportunities, meet with faculty and current students, tour the campus, and learn about the value of a Penn State degree.  Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the Open House begins at 9:30 a.m.

To register or obtain information, contact the Admissions Office at 1-877-JOIN-PSU or br-admissions@psu.edu, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Office of Career Services seeks clothing for new Career Closet

The Penn State Beaver Office of Career Services has opened a Career Closet to provide gently-used or new professional clothing and accessories for campus students who are seeking jobs, interviews, and internship opportunities.

The Career Closet is designed to help students who are preparing to enter the work place but unable to afford appropriate clothing.

All professional clothing and accessories for men and women are welcome and needed, including skirt suits, pant suits, dress shirts, blazers, jackets, blouses, dress slacks, belts, ties, and dress shoes. Donations are welcome any time of the year and can be delivered to the Student Development Center, room 101, Student Union Building.

Donors unable to deliver items during regular business hours or who need to have items picked up should contact the Office of Career Services at 724-773-3961 or CareerServicesBeaver@psu.edu. Directions to the campus are available at www.beaver.psu.edu.

Student’s photography is on display in Student Union Building

A photography display entitled ‘Standing Still; behind solitude’ by Kyung Min Kim is on display in the lower lobby hallway of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. Kim, a native of Seoul, South Korea, is a sophomore psychology major at Beaver. Later this month, he will exhibit a series of his paintings in the same location. The public is invited to view the exhibits.

Kim’s work is part of an integrative arts independent study course that allows students to participate in creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and fall outside the scope of formal classes.

For more information, contact Kim at kik5129@psu.edu, or contact his course supervisor, Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre, integrative arts, and women’s studies, at cas33@psu.edu or 724-773-3591.

Registration is open for Alumni Society’s Twelfth Annual Golf Outing

The public is invited to participate in the Penn State Beaver Alumni Society’s 12th annual Golf Outing on Monday, Sept. 10, at Seven Oaks Country Club in Brighton Township. Event proceeds will benefit the society’s endowed scholarship for Beaver campus students.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Entry fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, dinner, and silent and live auctions. Registration is now under way, and sponsorships are available at a variety of levels.

For more information, visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on ‘Alumni,’ or contact Diana Patterson, Beaver campus director of development and alumni society liaison, at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.

Film 'The Conflict Minerals Project' comes to Beaver campus

Filmmaker Mike Ramsdell will present "The Conflict Minerals Project," 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 14. The film, which is free and open to the public, will be shown in the auditorium of the Student Union Building.

Last year on campus, Ramsdell presented his award-winning documentary, "Anatomy of Hate: A Dialogue to Hope." He returns this year to discuss his project on the world’s conflict minerals, including tungsten, tin, tantalum and gold, which are used to make most modern electronic devices ranging from cell phones to aeronautics systems.

The term "conflict minerals" is used most of them come from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which is widely considered to be the home of the worst human atrocities since World War II. In the past 15 years, the DRC has witnessed the brutal death of 6 million, hundreds of thousands of women raped, and the displacement of millions of children and adults.

For more information about Ramsdell and conflict minerals, go to http://underthehoodproductions.com/. For other information, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of student activities and residence life, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

'Fire and Rain' slam poetry presentation March 15 at Penn State Beaver

The public is invited to attend a free presentation of slam poetry at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 15, in the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building auditorium.

Joaquin Zihuatanejo and Natasha Carrizosa will present "Fire and Rain," a program of poetry that allows the poets to perform original work, individually or as part of a team. The manner of presentation and enthusiasm are important as well as content of the work.

In their poetry, this duo captures their dual heritage while seeking to educate, enlighten, and entertain. Born of mestizo, or mixed blood, Joaquin and Natasha have fallen victim to the question, "What are you?" Their poems aim to answer that question by giving identity and voice to those born of two cultures as different as "Fire and Rain."

Zihuatanejo is the No. 1-ranked slam poet in the world as well as an award-winning teacher, and Carrizosa is the current Slam Champion of the Austin International Poetry Festival. Both performers have shared the stage with a variety of poets and performers, including Maya Angelou, Billy Collins, Alicia Keys and Erykah Badu.

The program is sponsored by the Offices of Student Affairs and Student Activities. For information, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of residence life and student activities, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947, or visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu.

St. Luke's Steel Drum Band will perform at Penn State Beaver

St. Luke’s Steel Drum Band will present a free concert, open to the public, at 5:15 p.m. Friday, March 16, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.

The band was formed in 1999 when Father Victor Rogers and a group of supporters from New Haven's historic St. Luke's Episcopal Church purchased a set of used steel drums from a band in Brooklyn. Since then the group has attracted a dedicated membership of 25 players of all ages. Many of the members and/or their families are from the West Indies and natives of Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago are represented in the ensemble.

Under the direction of coach and arranger Debby Teason and assistant director Donna Johnson, St. Luke's Steel Drum Band has gained a reputation as one of the country's most exciting performing ensembles. The band's achievements were recognized in 2003 when it received an Artist's Award from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. They've also won two gold medals at the PANorama Caribbean Music Fest in Virginia Beach.

In 2008, the band performed with tenor pan virtuoso Liam Teague for a standing-room-only crowd in New Haven. In April 2009, they were featured in a concert with the renowned Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra from Washington DC. After a highly successful performance in the Yale School of Music's Duke Ellington Concert Series with composer and performer Andy Akiho in April 2010, St. Luke's Steel Drum Band was invited back to perform again with Akiho in November 2010.

The program is presented by the Office of Student Affairs and Student Activities. For more information, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of student activities and residence life, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Men’s basketball team falls in quarterfinal round of USCAA Tournament

The College of St. Joseph’s (Rutland, VT) men’s basketball team defeated Penn State Beaver, 86-66, in the quarterfinals round of the USCAA National Tournament, Thursday, March 8, at Penn State Fayette, Uniontown.
Nick Miller (Beaver Falls High School, Beaver Falls, PA) and Chris Weathers (New Brighton High School, New Brighton, PA) lead the team with 17 points each. Beaver shot 31.8% from the field, 20% from three-point range, and 59.4% from the free-throw line.

For information about varsity and intramural sports and spring game schedules, visit www.psubeaverathletics.com, or contact Athletic Director Andy Kirschner at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826, or BJ Bertges, assistant athletic director, at bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845.

Beaver baseball, softball teams begin season this week

The Penn State Beaver Nittany Lions men’s baseball team begins its season at noon, Wednesday, March 14 against Point Park University in Greentree Park.

The Beaver Lady Lions softball team’s season begins Saturday, March 17 when they travel to take on St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA for games at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

For baseball and softball schedules and information, visit www.psubeaverathletics.com, or contact the Athletic Department at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3845.